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Elise Dodeles

Academic Male


Oil on canvas


  • 12 x 16 inches, unframed – $400

This is a trompe l’oeil painting depicting various images of the academic male figure. Since I began studying art 40 years ago, I have wrestled with this demon: how to portray the figure believably. It wasn’t easy then, and it is still challenging today. This painting has me going down memory lane, as the ink drawing is by one of my instructors from graduate school at the New York Academy of Art, and the Gericault postcard of an academic nude is one of my inspirations from that time period. The retro David image is something I purchased on a trip to Italy, while the wooden and plastic dolls are more recent vintage.

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